Ask Glynda: How should I change my teenager’s summer skincare routine for good skin, without breakouts, in the fall?

Now is the time to consider how your teen’s skin will look this fall by boosting their summer routine. Actually, this is good practice for all of us, of all ages.

In August, and into late September, the excess heat and humidity outside may increase the oil production of your child’s skin. This can be especially troubling for teens with acne.

Exfoliating helps to rid the skin of dead cells that build up and trap the over-producing oil. However, exfoliation can also increase your exposure to sun’s rays.

What to do? Consider having your teens exfoliate only once a week. If using a new exfoliant, start by doing it at night to be sure your teen doesn’t have a reaction.

Once their skin is accustomed to the exfoliant, have them use it in the morning (but only on days they will not have maximum sun exposure). Transitioning use of exfoliants to the morning is important.

The morning is the best time to exfoliate since skin renews overnight while you sleep. We want to clear out the dull dead skin cells, while being mindful to not over-strip the young, fresh skin cells.

If you’re looking for a product recommendation, I suggest Shira’s Pure Pineapple and Papaya Enzyme Peel. First of all, it smells like vacation! Secondly, this peel is made with natural enzymes which gently dissolve the dead skin cells. Lastly, it also has an Aloe Vera base to hydrate and will deliver antioxidants for the renewal of your teen’s skin.

As well, a seasonal facial may be just the tool to find your teen’s balance. During the session, I will assess your teen’s skin and offer personalized suggestions for skincare for the upcoming season.

Frankly, everyone’s skin-needs change each season, so you should consider seasonal facials for yourself, too.


Glynda Cullen, LMT, LE
Glynda is a licensed Massage Therapist and a licensed Esthetician. She offers therapeutic massage and facial treatments (and after-hours appointments). Glynda is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox protocols.